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January 2020

Emperor’s Cup Inter Prefectural Men’s Ekiden

January 19 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Unnamed Venue Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Free

Teams from all 47 prefectures battle it out in this annual 48km road relay on an out-and-back course between Hiroshima Peace Park and Miyajima-guchi.

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English Kagura Experience

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Katsuragi-zan-performed-by-the-Yachiyo-Kagura-Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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Talk with A-bomb Survivors in English

January 26 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Held on the 6th, 16th and 26th of every month.
Social Book Cafe Hachidori-sha, 2-43, Dobashi-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0854 Japan
Free
Talk with Hiroshima A-bomb survivors in English

A valuable opportunity to talk with A-bomb survivors in English.

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February 2020

Mihara Daruma Festival (Shinmei-ichi)

February 7
North side of JR Mihara Station, 1-1-1 Shiromachi
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
mihara daruma festivaln in japan

During the 3-day Mihara Daruma Festival the streets are taken over by stalls selling lucky daruma dolls and every kind of festival food you can imagine. The pride of Mihara is also on display, the nation's biggest daruma doll which weighs in at a couple of hundred kilograms. Read and see more photos from the "Daruma Festival" here.  

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English Kagura Experience

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
tsuchigumo performed by the higashiyama kagura troupe

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

February 9 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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English Kagura Experience

February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Yamata-no-orochi-performed-by-the-Asakita-Kagura-Troupe

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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English Kagura Experience

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Takiyasha-hime performed by the Yoshida Kagura Troupe

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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English Kagura Experience

February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Yamata-no-orochi-performed-by-the-Tsunami-Kagura-Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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March 2020

English Kagura Experience

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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Kintai-kyo Bridge Road Races

March 8
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge, 1 Iwakuni
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan

2km, 5km, 10km and Half Marathon distance road races held next to the beautiful Kintai-kyo Bridge in Iwakuni. Entry fees Adults ¥3700 High School Students ¥2200 Junior High School Students ¥1200 (5km) Elementary School 3rd-6th Year Students ¥1200 (2km) Elementary School 1st & 2nd Year Students with parent ¥1200 (2km) Start times Half Marathon 09:20 2km (Elementary School 5th & 6th Year) 10:00 2km 10:01 (Elementary School 3rd & 4th Year) 2km 10:02 (Elementary School 1st & 2nd Year) 10km 10:30…

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Kudamatsu Kasadojima Island Trail Race

March 8
Oojo Kokumin Shukusha, 14-1 Kasadoshima
Kudamatsu-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 744-0001 Japan

Challenging early season trail races on a very pretty island in the Inland Sea of the coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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English Kagura Experience

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

March 15 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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English Kagura Experience

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000
Minamoto no Yorimasa performed by the Suzuhari Kagura Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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April 2020

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

April 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Daisho-in Temple, 210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan
Free

Photo: Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer "Hi-watari-shiki" Fire walking ritual takea place at Daishoin Temple on Miyajima twice a year on April 15 and November 15. Readings from the 8000 verse Perfection of Wisdom Sutra begin at 11am and extravagant Saito-goma rituals begin around 1pm in the temple forecourt with a purification offering to the alter and the chanting of sutras. This is followed by two Buddhist monks circling the area with swords and then shooting 7 arrows into the air…

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Setouchi Island Trail Race Kure – Kamikamagari

April 26
Kamagari Kenmin-no-hama Beach Park, 7646 Kamagaricho Oura
Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-0402 Japan

11km and 22km trail races with great views of the Seto Inland Sea, starting and finishing at Kenmin-no-hama Beach Park. 21km ¥6500 entry fee, 6 hour cut off 12km ¥4900 entry fee, 3.5 hour cut off Kids 2.6km ¥1500 entry fee, 45 minute cut off Online entry until March 13, 2020 at Runnet http://www.setouchi-itrail.com/ https://www.facebook.com/setouchi.itrail/ Read about one beginner's experience at the Setouchi Island Trail Race here.

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May 2020

Hiroshima Flower Festival

May 3 - May 5
Peace Boulevard and around, Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan
Free

Hiroshima's biggest annual event, drawing in many more people than even the August 6 memorial day, the annual Flower Festival was inspired by the celebrations that followed the Hiroshima Carp's first championship in 1975. Crowded, noisy, high in kitsch and overtly commercial, it does, however, pull in tens of thousands of people from near and far, and many of them do seem to have a pretty good time. In addition to all the parades, pop bands, tarento celebrities, comedians and…

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

May 10 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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June 2020

Toukasan Yukata Festival

June 5 - June 7
Tōkasan Enryu-ji Temple, 8-12 Mikawa-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
Singer Minami Issei in Shintenmchi Park at Tokasan yukata festival in hiroshima, japan

Hiroshima really comes alive over the three nights of Tōkasan - a festival that really does feel "festive".  Join the 300,000 people who will be donning their yukata for the first time this year who take over Chuo-dori and environs to promenade, play festival games like fish scooping, buy strange inflatable novelties and stuff their faces with equally strange stuff on sticks. As well as parades and summer bon dancing, there will be taiko drumming and other performances on stages…

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Mibu-no-Hanadaue Traditional Rice Planting Ritual

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mibu, Kitahiroshima-cho
Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 731-1515 Japan
Free

Mibu-no-hanadaue is a revived rice planting ritual said to have roots in the middle ages that is renacted on the first Sunday of June every year. The event was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Heritage in 2003 and many people now make the trip to Chiyoda in Kita-hiroshima to view it. Bulls are led through the streets to Mibu Hachiman Shrine where they are dressed with elaborately decorated saddles and colorful necklaces. They are then led to a field, and…

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

June 14 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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July 2020

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

July 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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August 2020

Peace Memorial Ceremony

August 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Peace Memorial Park, 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
Free

The day that the eyes of world focus on Hiroshima.

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